The Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association Border Leicester members held a Border Leicester Show on Saturday 14th August instead of running a virtual show which proved to be a resounding success, with many breeders showing while others spectated.
Chairman Robert Dick, “Beechgrove” Ahoghill hosted the event with Tom Nelson,” Kilphin”, Ballantrae judging, who went on to say “I had a tremendous day where the stock was understanding and the sun shone.”
Sponsors for the event were Moores Animal Feeds, Judge Tom Nelson, Sam Anderson, Cullybackey and Harold Dickey, U.R.B.A. President who the association is very grateful.
Champion and Top prize of the day went to an Aged Ewe from Stephen Wallace “Slatehill” Ballyclare, BLB 84 Q6 sire Kinninmonth Thunder Dam BL60L J9.
Reserve Champion was awarded to Harold Dickey, Ballymena for a Rosenga Gimmer sire Westforth Tennant.
2nd Reserve Champion went to a Ram Lamb from William Semple “Gortnagross” Dungiven sired by the 2nd placed shearling on the day which was bought in Lanark last year as a ram lamb from Jimmy Douglas registered Clola Spectre, Dam was purchased privately from Tom Nelson, Kilphin.
Results on the day:
Aged Ram: 1st S Wallace, 2nd G & H Knox, 3rd R Dick, 4th B & C McIlroy 5th H Dickey
Shearlings: 1st H Dickey, 2nd W Semple, 3rd H Dickey, 4th R Dick
Ram Lamb: 1st W Semple, 2nd H Dickey, 3rd, 4th & 5th S Wallace, 6th B & C McIlroy
Aged Ewe: 1st S Wallace, 2nd, 3rd & 4th H Dickey, 5th & 6th G & H Knox
Gimmer: 1st H Dickey, 2nd S Wallace, 3rd H Dickey, 4th & 5th W Semple, 6th B & C McIlroy
Ewe Lamb: 1st & 2nd G & H Knox, 3rd S Wallace, 4th H Dickey, 5th & 6th S Wallace
Group of 3: 1st S Wallace, 2nd H Dickey, 3rd G & H Knox
The Society of Border Leicester Sheep Breeders held their 125th Anniversary this year on 7th August in Carlisle where the 125th Anniversary Gimmer Draw was won by Harold Dickey, Ballymena receiving the Knockglass Gimmer by Alticane Celebrity out of a Home bred ewe by Eildon Epic and another U.R.B.A. member Coote Geelan won a trip to the Isle of Arran. Congratulations to both members and we hope they enjoy their prizes.
The U.R.B.A. Border Leicester Show and Sale will take place this year in Ballymena Livestock Market on the Monday 27th September more details will follow.